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Cadetship Training Program

NYK cadet training ship program offers a combined program of academic studies and practical experiences. It is designed to complement cadet's academic studies in his/her chosen career to prepare for future responsibilities of the company, and shipping world.

Cadets in principle undergo a 12-months' on-board training program (depends upon the nationality). The first three months of which will be spent on a training ship staffed with specialized instructors (in-house and seasoned Master/Chief Engineer) to ensure that all cadets receive the basic training of the same standard. Upon completion of 3 months on-board training ships, they are transferred to other NYKSM managed vessels, enabling them to complete their remaining sea-time required to appear for the competency exam.

Cadet Training

To address the shortage of seafarers globally, and cater to the demand to produce world-class seafarers, the NYK SHIPMANAGEMENT has been recruiting cadets to mold them into competent and loyal future officers.

NYK SHIPMANAGEMENT hires and trains cadets, who will serve as the officers of the future in its fleet. A close tie with merchant marine academies throughout the world is maintained, and NYK Special Classes are conducted in those academies to inject NYK DNA for safety, while cadets are on campus.

At present NYK SHIPMANAGEMENT is recruiting cadets from the best colleges across the world like the Philippines, India, Croatia, Romania, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Thailand.

In the Philippines, the NYK Line established NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA) in July 2007 where up to 120 cadets are recruited every year and given quality education and mold their character prior to joining NYK vessels.


During on-board cadet training ship tenure, the NYK SHIPMANAGEMENT monitors and motivates every cadet to master the skills and attain the knowledge required for certification as a navigator or engineer. After obtaining a Certificate of Competence, they may be hired as navigators or engineers by NYK.

NYK conducts the following training for the cadets:

* Onboard theoretical and practical training to obtain CoC required by STCW.

* Inculcates loyalty and gives the motivation.

* Trains NYK Safety, Health & Environmental Policy.

* Trains NYK special criteria and requirements.

* Trains NYK special requirement for safety, security, cargo, and / or Engine operation.

Entry Bonus to Cadets

All Deck & Engine cadets, who are joining vessels for the first time, are financially supported by NYK SHIPMANAGEMENT to purchase a laptop before they board the vessel. A special on-board training software called "CADET-STARS" is provided by NYK SHIPMANAGEMENT, which is installed in their laptops for the purpose of their on-board proficient training and closely follow-up from the shore.

NYKSM Cadet Training
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